Shopping malls, wholesale markets and retail shops in Xining offer commercial goods as well as local specialties of Qinghai and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Xining is a great area to stop and shop for visitors headed to other remote destinations in the province or Tibet. Popular stores are Dashizi Department Store, Xidajie Department Store, and Qingbai Commercial City. Some traditional products to shop for include:
Chinese Caterpillar Fungus
This traditional Chinese medicine and long-time export product is used as a tonic to boost immunity. Purchase a bottle of medicated wine, including the Chinese Caterpillar Fungus and other rare medicinal materials, such as snow lotus and pilose antler at one of the stores in Xining.
Yak Beef Jerky
Made of fresh yak meat which is rich in protein, low in fat, this light-weight, non-perishable snack is a favorite among locals in Northwest China and tourists.
Handicrafts and Fabric
Most of the handicrafts in Xining – such as the clasp knife, embroidery and butter sculpture – have Tibetan influences, Xining is also well known for its abundance of high quality wool which is the best material for a variety of fabric.
Dashizi Department Store
Address: 53 Dong Avenue, Xining
Xidajie Department Store
Address: 43 Xi Avenue, Xining
Qingbai Commercial City
Address: Wusi Avenue